Walter Slezak Overview:

Character actor, Walter Slezak, was born on May 3, 1902 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]. Slezak died at the age of 81 on Apr 21, 1983 in Flower Hill, NY .


Tubby, mustachioed Walter Slezak was an Austrian actor just as likely to play affable or menacing characters. A welcome part of any film, he was probably most memorable as the German on Hitchcock's Lifeboat. He had two bursts of intense film activity, in Germany from 1924 to 1928 and in Hollywood from 1942 to 1954, having been in America since the early 1930s. Otherwise he appeared mostly on stage. He was also a writer and humorist. He retired in 1972, but in 1983 committed suicide by shooting himself.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



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Walter Slezak Quotes:

Mike Clark: I want to marry your daughter.
Papa Vittorio Martelli: Sorry I haven't any left.

Teresa: What do you think you're doing?
Flaco: Collecting food for the poor.
Teresa: What poor?
Flaco: Ourselves.

Mario Du Billar: I know the man. He'll not rest until he frees the Contessa and Anne Bonney, or is killed in the attempt.
Don Juan Alvarado: The latter alternative is the more likely. And, incidentally, the more satisfactory.

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